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Madras High Court directs ban on mobile app TikTok, says 'future of youngsters and mindset of children are spoiled'

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 04 April 2019, 09:30 AM
The petition was filed by a Madurai-based senior lawyer-cum-social activist Muthu Kumar. (File photo)
The petition was filed by a Madurai-based senior lawyer-cum-social activist Muthu Kumar. (File photo)

The Madras High Court passed an order to prohibit the download and use of the popular mobile video-sharing app, TikTok. The Madurai bench of the high court passed the order after expressing concern that the app hosts inappropriate content, including pornography, which is available for access to children. The bench has also expressed its concern that minors are also exposed to strangers online through TikTok.

"Majority of the teens are playing pranks, gaffing around with duet videos sharing with split screen to the strangers. The children who use the said application are vulnerable and may expose them to sexual predators …. Without understanding the dangers involved in these kinds of Mobile Apps., it is unfortunate that our children are testing with these Apps."

Justices N Kirubakaran and SS Sundar have also directed the central government to respond before the February 16 if it would enact like US' "Children's Online Privacy Protection Act" to prevent children becoming online victims. The order also observed pranks made using the app could violate privacy.

The petition was filed by a Madurai-based senior lawyer-cum-social activist Muthu Kumar. Citing pornography, cultural degradation, child abuse, suicides, he had sought a direction to ban TikTok.

Tik Tok, which was launched in 2019, is a social video app owned by China's Beijing ByteDance Co. It reached the one billion download mark in February. It is a popular app worldwide and was the fourth most downloaded non-game app in 2018.

The matter will be taken up next on April 16.

First Published: Thursday, April 04, 2019 09:30 AM
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